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    October 2012
    AIAA News
    AIAA Appoints Sandra H. Magnus as New Executive Director
    Effective 22 October 2012

    The AIAA Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Sandra H. Magnus, Ph.D., as the new executive director of the 35,000-member professional organization, effective 22 October 2012.

    “We are pleased to announce that after an extensive search with many fine candidates, Sandy was chosen to lead AIAA in this time of critical evolution of the organization and the aerospace industry,” said AIAA President Michael Griffin. “Her stellar accomplishments at NASA, as well as earlier experience at McDonnell Douglas, will greatly benefit all AIAA members. Indeed, through her extensive public outreach as a NASA astronaut, she has in a sense been working on the future of AIAA for many years, inspiring the next generation to pursue a science, math, or engineering career. I’ve worked with Sandy, and know that she will bring her dedication, leadership and knowledge to AIAA to help us advance the aerospace profession.”

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    AIAA's Aerospace Research Central Now Available to Users
    Offers Users Robust Research Capabilities and Streamlined Research Functionality

    AIAA is pleased to announce that its Aerospace Research Central (ARC) electronic database is now available to users. The site, available at, was produced in partnership with Atypon®, a leading provider of software to the scientific and scholarly publishing industry.

    ARC offers users access to over four decades of aerospace research. The platform’s robust functionality gives users powerful search capabilities through all of AIAA’s books, conference proceedings, and journal articles; offers streamlined research capabilities, including the ability to download citations and bundle content based on topic disciplines; and gives users early access to e-first publications ahead of print. Users will also be able to tailor the platform’s functionality to seek out those things which are most relevant to their personal interests, greatly streamlining the research process.

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    AIAA Announces Membership Dues Increase

    Following a careful review of AIAA financials, current membership models, and other relevant data, the AIAA Board of Directors made the difficult decision to approve a three-year plan to modestly increase dues, starting 1 November 2012.

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    AIAA Livestreams Sessions from the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference and Exposition

    The Honorable Lori B. Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA; Charles Elachi, Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Lt Gen Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF, Commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, and other high-level leaders from government, industry, and academia gathered in Pasadena, CA, 11–13 September, at the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference and Exposition. Visit to view the video-recorded sessions.

    (Pictured: Maj Gen Robert Dickman, AIAA Executive Director, addresses attendees at the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference and Exposition, 11 Sept. 2012)
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    AIAA Seeks Young Professional Liaison to its Board of Directors
    Deadline: 1 February 2013 / Position Duration: May 2013 – May 2015

    The Young Professional Liaison position on the AIAA Board of Directors helps give AIAA a more direct link to the Institute’s young professional members, and provides insights and feedback to help AIAA create comprehensive programs to attract and retain young professionals and members in general. The Young Professional Liaison is a non-voting Board of Directors position lasting two years. The liaison will be required to attend AIAA Board of Directors meetings in January, May, and July or August each year.

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    AIAA Endorses The "STEM Jobs Act of 2012"
    55,000 "Green Cards" to be Allocated for Top Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities in STEM Fields

    AIAA has endorsed the “STEM Jobs Act of 2012,” introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas. The “STEM Jobs Act of 2012” seeks to eliminate the “diversity visa” lottery, which benefits immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. Instead, those 55,000 permanent resident “green cards” each year would go to the top foreign graduates of U.S. universities with doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM).

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    AIAA Marks National Aerospace Week (Week of 16 September)
    Hails Aerospace Workforce as a Great Bulwark of Economic Prosperity and Freedom

    AIAA marked National Aerospace Week by calling on all Americans to reflect on the aerospace workforce and the role it plays in the economic prosperity and freedom of our nation and the world.

    “From the pioneering efforts of the Wright Brothers and Robert Goddard, to the Space Shuttle, the Global Earth Observation System and the Mars Curiosity Rover, aerospace professionals have constantly pushed the boundaries of exploration and discovery outward, increasing our knowledge of the universe, and our knowledge of Earth,” observed AIAA President Mike Griffin.

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    Iridium NEXT Mission Team Scholarship Winners Announced for 2012–2013

    Seth Gordon is the $25,000 scholarship winner. He is a senior at Princeton University, majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and realized he wanted to be an engineer while playing with a Lego set he received when he was six years old. This past summer, Mr. Gordon interned at SpaceX, where he designed protection systems to house the electronics in a capsule that will go into space next year. In addition to his interest in aerospace, Mr. Gordon, who is from Bethesda, MD, has served as the Librarian for the Princeton University Band and is a member of Princeton Presbyterians.

    (Pictured: Seth Gordon)
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    Leading the STEM Charge, Illuminating the Potential of Aerospace

    A new program designed for high school students debuted at the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference and Exposition in September. Students were given the opportunity to share their work in a poster session, have lunch with members of the space community, and hear a panel discussion by members in various stages of their careers. Joshua Rosheen and Jonathan Zur, students at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles, CA, presented a poster on their work for the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award. Thanks to our sponsor, Northrop Grumman, this was a very meaningful experience for the students and teachers who participated. Plans are under way to repeat this experience in Dallas in January 2013 at the Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exposition – more information to come.

    (Pictured: Local High School students from Greater LA area participate in the first Leading the STEM Charge, Illuminating the Potential of Aerospace.)

    Sharpen Your Skills via AIAA Continuing Education Courses

    AIAA continuing education courses provide you with the knowledge you need to excel in your field ... or the leg up you need to move into a new field. With more than 100 available courses offered through AIAA and its partners, ranging from fundamentals to advanced-level topics, you’re sure to find a course that suits your needs.

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    View the complete course list and scheduled courses. Missed a Webinar? No worries – download any one of our on-demand webinars!!!!

    Bell Aircraft Plant to be Designated a Historic Aerospace Site
    Wheatfield, N.Y. Plant Produced the Bell X-1, First Aircraft to Break the Sound Barrier

    AIAA will designate the Bell Aircraft Plant, Wheatfield, NY, as a historic aerospace site. A historic marker will be unveiled 14 October, at a 2:00 p.m. ceremony at the Calspan Flight Research Facility, Niagara Falls, NY.

    Bell Aircraft, founded in 1935 by Lawrence Dale “Larry” Bell, based its primary manufacturing facility in Wheatfield, New York, where several important aircraft were designed and produced. During the World War II era, the plant produced the P-39 Airacobra and the P-63 Kingcobra fighters. The P-39 was used to great effect by the Soviet Air Force, with the highest number of individual kills recorded by any U.S.-produced fighter aircraft during the war. The plant also designed and manufactured the P-59A Airacomet, the first U.S. jet aircraft, from 1942 to 1945, as well as the Bell 47, the first commercially certified helicopter.

    (Pictured: the P-39 Airacobra assembly line at Bell Aircraft's Niagara Falls plant. Credit: Niagara Aerospace Museum)
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    Membership Open for AIAA Aerospace Pressure Vessels Committee on Standards

    The Aerospace Pressure Vessels (APV) Committee on Standards is revising two existing standards, Space Systems—Metallic Pressure Vessels, Pressurized Structures, and Pressure Components (AIAA S-080), and Space Systems—Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (S-081), as well as developing a new standard on Space Systems—Composite Pressurized Structures. Membership is open to any directly and materially affected, technically qualified individual, pending CoS Chair approval. The documents will provide baseline requirements for the design, fabrication, test, inspection, operation, and maintenance of pressurized hardware used in space systems such as spacecraft and launch vehicles. The original documents were sponsored by NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and the FAA. If you are interested in participating, please contact the APV CoS Co-Chair, Michael Kezirian, at or the APV CoS Chair, Nathanael Greene, at

    Conferences and Events
    Get a Comprehensive Overview of NASA’s Technology Programs for Space Exploration and Aeronautics

    Join NASA for “Technology Days” in Cleveland, OH, 28–30 November 2012. This three-day event and technology showcase will bring together a broad community of stakeholders from industry, academia, and the U.S. government to engage in strategy development, partnership building, and implementation of ways to foster technology transfer and innovation.

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    Join Us at the 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
    ASM Is Where It All Comes Together!

    Some exciting new things are planned for this year's Aerospace Sciences Meeting (ASM), New Horizons Forum, and Aerospace Exposition, to be held 7–10 January 2013 in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth area), at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center.

    ASM is the first major multidisciplinary event of the year for aerospace scientists and engineers from around the world, and the one event where it all comes together – research, business, education, networking, and fun.

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    AIAA Conferences with Open Call for Papers

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, please visit the corresponding event web page, listed above.

    AIAA Congressional Visits Day Registration Now Open

    The AIAA Congressional Visits Day (CVD) program will be held 19–20 March 2013, in Washington, DC. Registration for the two-day event, which allows AIAA members to meet with Congressional decision makers about the importance of aerospace to the United States, is now open at We will be at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, downtown Washington, DC, on the 19th, and on Capitol Hill on the 20th. Additionally, AIAA will make reimbursement funds available to program participants, helping defray the costs of attending this vital advocacy program.

    (Pictured: Team Texas on Capitol Hill, CVD 2011 )
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    49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit and the 11th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference

    The 2013 event will be held 15–17 July 2013 in San Jose, CA. The submission deadline for abstracts is 11 November 2012.

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, visit or Or you may download the Call for Papers in PDF format.

    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control and Co-located Conferences

    The 2013 GNC event will be held 19–22 August 2013 in Boston, MA, along with several co-located conferences including AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2013, the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, and the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference. The submission deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2013.

    To submit your abstract, or for the most up-to-date conference information, visit Or you may download the Call for Papers in PDF format.

    AIAA Educator Academy

    The AIAA Educator Academy, an innovative educational program that ties standards-based curriculum to AIAA technical disciplines and is taught in local sections that have demonstrated their commitment to STEM K–12 education, was recently launched in the Rocky Mountain and NW Florida sections. These STEM modules are guaranteed to get students using math and science in new and exciting ways. The modules have been beta tested in the Mid Atlantic and Houston sections. The modules are:


    • Mars Rover grades 5–8
    • Electric Cargo Plane grades 9–12
    • Space Weather Balloon grades 9–12


    Each teacher participating in the workshops will get to experience the curriculum as students will under the guidance of AIAA master teachers. The teachers will also get information about local resources available to assist them as they go back and work in their classrooms. There is no charge to attend the workshop and each attendee will become an Educator Associate, if not one already. Registration will be available via the AIAA website under "Other Events." Workshops will be coming to the following sections in upcoming months:

    3 November 2012: AIAA Dayton Cincinnati: The Electric Cargo Airplane module will be taught. Venue in the Dayton area. Register today.

    February 2013: AIAA Phoenix : Mars Rover. Venue in Phoenix, AZ area. More details to be provided soon.

    Time is Running Out to Register for ISPCS 2012

    AIAA is proud to support the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS), uniquely designed to increase the momentum of commercial space by fueling the demand for commercial space products and services that will focus the direction of the industry. Don’t miss this relevant, high-value commercial space conference featuring the industry thought leaders and cutting-edge technologies with commercial applications for military, scientific and personal spaceflight. Join in, collaborate, become a part of the dialogue. The conference is set for 17–18 October 2012 in Las Cruces, NM.

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    Honors & Awards
    AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management to be Presented

    The AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management will be presented to Maj Gen James Armor, ATK Space Systems, at the AIAA-National Capital Section and NDIA Joint Luncheon Event 15 October. For details, contact Michele McMurrer at

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    AIAA Announces Section Award Winners
    Awards Honor Outstanding Section Programming in a Variety of Categories

    AIAA has announced its 2011–2012 Section Award winners. The Section Awards annually honor particularly notable achievements made by member sections in a range of activities that help fulfill the Institute’s mission. The Institute believes that vital, active sections are essential to its success.

    Section awards are made annually in five categories based on size of membership. Each winning section receives a certificate and a cash award – $500 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third. The award period covered is 1 June 2011 through 31 May 2012. The judges noted that their job was especially challenging this year given the wide range of outstanding and unique section events to evaluate.

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    AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award Nominations are Open

    Every two years, the AIAA Foundation honors exemplary and inspiring classroom teachers. Nominations are open to any classroom teacher who goes above and beyond in making STEM subjects relevant and exciting to their students and using AIAA resources in their lessons. The award includes a trip for the winning teachers to Washington, DC to attend the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala in May 2013. Anyone may nominate a candidate by downloading the nomination packet and emailing it to Lisa Bacon, by no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on 31 October 2012, with NEA13 in the subject line. Please note that nominations are not accepted by the AIAA Honors and Awards online system.

    (Pictured: 2011 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award winners at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Gala in Washington, DC)
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    AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2011–2012 Undergraduate Individual Aircraft Design Competition
    First-Place Winner Presented Her Winning Design at AIAA Conference

    The AIAA Foundation has announced the winners of its annual Undergraduate Individual Aircraft Design Competition. First-place honors go to Samantha Schueler from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Ms. Schueler presented her winning design at the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, which took place 17–19 September, in Indianapolis, IN.

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    AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of 2011-2012 Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition
    First-Place Team to Present Their Winning Design at AIAA Conference

    The AIAA Foundation is pleased to announce that the team “Jayhawk-Jet-120” has won first prize in its 2011–2012 Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition. This year the competition was cosponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Gas Turbine Institute. The competition asked teams to design an engine with high power extraction potential, which would power a half-scale model of the Joint Strike Fighter.

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    AIAA Foundation Announces Winners of Its 2011-2012 Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition
    Team Representative to Present Design at AIAA Conference

    The AIAA Foundation has announced that its 2011–2012 Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition has been won by Team “Ghost” from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. A representative of the team presented the team’s design at the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, which took place 17–19 September, in Indianapolis, IN.

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    Quick Takes
    Donate to the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund

    Join us in honoring and growing Neil Armstrong’s legacy. The Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund, established by AIAA at the request of the Armstrong family, supports the dreams of future generations. Gifts to the Neil Armstrong Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to outstanding aerospace students. Your donation will help the students of today follow in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps, becoming the aerospace leaders of tomorrow. Join the heroes of today in giving the heroes of tomorrow the inspiration and resources to explore new worlds with knowledge, passion, and courage.

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    What aeronautical feat was achieved, for the first time, on 14 October 1947, making the subject involved a household name?

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    The Man Who Supercharged Bond: The Extraordinary Story of Charles Amherst Villiers

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie, Momentum would like to remind readers of AIAA’s ties to the original stories. Charles Amherst Villiers, who was the president of the American Rocket Society (one of AIAA's predecessor societies) in 1948, was a British automotive and aerospace engineer, and portrait painter, who designed a land speed record-breaking car and developed the supercharged “Blower Bentley.”

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    October Issue of Aerospace America Now Available Online

    The October 2012 issue of Aerospace America is now available online for AIAA members. Don’t miss this month's feature article, “Curiosity on the Red Planet: Mars is Ours,” in which Author Leonard David describes the triumphant shouts that erupted at mission control on August 5 as images began arriving from the Martian surface – confirmation that NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity rover had touched down on the planet safely. As the author writes, “A landing tour de force and an automobile-sized rover with a suite of advanced instruments are ushering in a new era in planetary exploration.”

    To access the October issue of Aerospace America visit, log in, and navigate to “Access Publications & Materials” to select “Aerospace America.”

    Career Resources

    The AIAA Career Center has the most comprehensive career and recruiting tools for the aerospace industry. Set up an account today and gain access to a variety of aerospace job postings, salary information, professional career timelines and much more! Also, Career Resources for job seekers are now available via the AIAA Career Center.

    View the full suite of career resources on the AIAA website!

    Member Spotlight
    AIAA Congratulates Maj Gen Robert Dickman, and Bids a Fond Farewell

    This month, the AIAA Member Spotlight shines AIAA’s departing Executive Director, Maj. Gen. Robert S. Dickman, U.S. Air Force (retired) and AIAA Fellow. Simply known as Bob to the staff and our volunteer members, he has served for more than seven years in the Executive Director role. He will step down from the role on the 22nd of October. While we will still see Bob around the office, as he stays on to help Dr. Sandra Magnus, AIAA’s incoming Executive Director, adjust to her new position, he is looking forward to retirement and the time he will have with his family and friends.

    Bob assured us that he will stay active within the Institute as a volunteer, so while he will no longer be directly leading the staff, he will still be playing a continuing role in guiding the Institute forward.

    “The headlines on my 13th birthday, Oct 5, 1957, were all about Sputnik – so that’s the era I grew up in. Mercury happened while I was in high school, and Gemini was flying when I graduated from college,” said Bob when he was asked what had inspired him to enter the aerospace profession.

    (Pictured: Bob Dickman, AIAA Executive Director)
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